SAUCONY GUIDE 13 REVIEW

Melanie Mitchell | October 29, 2019

SAUCONY GUIDE 13 - SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | OCTOBER 2019

The Saucony Guide is one of the brand's key styles for pronators in need of some light support. Guest reviewer Brian Metzler puts the shoe through its paces and gives his take on the new Saucony Guide 13. 

THE BUZZ

The evolution of the Saucony Guide 13, one of Saucony’s best-selling light stability shoes, continues with a lighter, more dynamic midsole construction, a new stability mechanism and a more accommodating fit for a wider range of foot shapes.

Fans of previous editions of the Guide will appreciate this version for the reliable cushioning and the nimble but secure feeling it serves up in every stride.

WHAT'S NEW: SAUCONY GUIDE 13

The Saucony Guide 13 is about a half ounce lighter than the previous edition, and it’s noticeable.

Much of the weight savings comes from the new midsole compound called PWRRUN, a lightweight and energetic blend of EVA and TPU foams. Another key new feature is the FormFit upper that sync the foot to the chassis without inhibiting the natural movements of the foot.

Saucony scrapped the Everun midsole foam that had graced the Guide ISO 2, but that’s OK. As good as the Everun material was, the PWRUN is even better. Not only is it lighter, but it’s also noticeably more energetic, which also contributes to a more nimble feeling on the run

But the biggest change is the use of an L-shaped TPU cradle to provide structure and support instead of a traditional firm medial post. 

Saucony Guide 13 - Run on

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Saucony Guide 13 is one of those shoes in which the fit, feel and ride all improved after getting completely overhauled. The new, soft and flexible upper integrates well with the plush interior and contoured footbed to provide a really secure and comfortable fit.

The Guide has a soft, step-in feel, creating a sensation that initially feels closer to a cushy neutral shoe than a moderate stability shoe. On the run, the Guide 13 serves up mild to moderate stability in every stride by way of the L-shaped TPU stability bracket that eliminates the ability for the foot to roll severely inward upon impact. It’s durable, heavy-duty shoe for runners who need support but still want to run fast.

Overall, the updated Saucony Guide serves up reliable guidance and a good amount of energetic pop without an overwhelmingly structured feeling.

Saucony also did away with its ISO-Fit upper system in favor of a soft and pliable engineered Jacquard mesh upper that adapts to a wide range of foot shapes and creates a semi-custom fit and feel.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Saucony Guide 13 will suit runners with a moderate overpronating gait will appreciate this shoe as an reliable workhorse, no matter if you’re logging high-mileage weeks or just running casually a few days a week.

The enhanced agility of the edition makes it versatile enough for longer intervals, tempo runs and progression runs.

The Saucony Guide 13 would be a good shoe for a neutral-oriented runner to consider wearing for a half marathon or marathon. In the latter miles of those races, a runner who needs a twinge of stability will appreciate the light support from this shoe and the snappy, energetic vibe.

PROS AND CONS: SAUCONY GUIDE 13

Saucony Guide 13 - Pros

Pros: Saucony Guide 13

Runners with a moderate overpronating gait will appreciate this shoe as an reliable workhorse.

The new medial TPU guidance frame quickly and quietly supports the foot through the mid-stance phase of a stride. Unlike the rigid feeling typical of a firm medial post, the guidance frame serves up more subtle support with a smoother feeling from heel to toe.

The interior of the Guide 13 is moderately cushioned with good but not overwhelming padding in the tongue and ankle collar. It’s definitely comfortable, just not overly plush compared to some of its contemporaries.

The thin Tri-Flex Crystal Rubber outsole is extremely flexible, but it is also very grippy and durable too. Those qualities combine to promote a secure, agile ride in both wet and dry conditions.

Saucony Guide 13 - Cons

Cons: Saucony Guide 13

There aren’t any glaring drawbacks in this shoe, except that it’s a bit middle-of-the-road in most details.

Not necessarily a minus but our wear-testers were split on this shoe’s stability. Most thought it was subtly present but invisible, while a few thought it was noticeable in every stride. 

SAUCONY GUIDE 13 SPECS

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of "Running Colorado's Front Range" and the co-author of "Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running" and "Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner."